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kdberry
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June 21, 2018 3:17 pm  

Help!!!

I am moving to St. Croix mid July. I have a 90lb dog. I cannot get him on commercial plane. I can get him to Miami, but the price I am being quoted from pet transport companies from there is still about $4000.

I am getting desperate and close to getting a doctor's note and trying to get him on the plane with me as an emotional support animal.

Please let me know if anyone has suggestions or would like to share a charter.


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Gator's Mom
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June 21, 2018 3:22 pm  

I will PM you.

Help!!!

I am moving to St. Croix mid July. I have a 90lb dog. I cannot get him on commercial plane. I can get him to Miami, but the price I am being quoted from pet transport companies from there is still about $4000.

I am getting desperate and close to getting a doctor's note and trying to get him on the plane with me as an emotional support animal.

Please let me know if anyone has suggestions or would like to share a charter.


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stxsailor
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June 21, 2018 3:48 pm  

Please don't do the fake emotional support animal just to save money. The fake support animals are making it harder on those that actually need them. airlines are changing rules because of all the fraudulent emotional support dogs.
Try getting the dog to SJU, some airlines will accept dogs as cargo to SJU.


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kdberry
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June 21, 2018 3:52 pm  

I know you are right. But at least I am not trying to get a peacock on the plane like that one lady. 😀


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June 25, 2018 9:03 pm  

I'd pay the $50 to get the dog certified as an emotional support dog and that would be that. Its not illegal in the DMV area to do so.


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janeinstx
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June 25, 2018 9:41 pm  

Well then you are a problem. You should stay where you are.

I'd pay the $50 to get the dog certified as an emotional support dog and that would be that. Its not illegal in the DMV area to do so.


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June 26, 2018 11:42 am  

I'd pay the $50 to get the dog certified as an emotional support dog and that would be that. Its not illegal in the DMV area to do so.

Its people like you that ruin it for those that actually have a valid reason to have a support animal.

No wonder airlines are cracking down on this.

I bet you have a fake Handicap Permit too.


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kdberry
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June 26, 2018 12:20 pm  

If I have to pay $4800 to ship him over there in a way that I know will stress him out, rest assured having him on the plane with me will definitely be for my emotional support.

That said, I’m trying to get him there in a different way that I feel does not compromise my integrity.

Let’s be kind to one another even when we disagree.


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Gator's Mom
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June 26, 2018 12:40 pm  

Since the cost of a charter would be split between us (no third flyer), we're back to $7K each. I figure that's a deal breaker for you.

Have you contacted Peace of Mind Kennel/Pet Transport in Fort Lauderdale?

http://petboardship.com/

If I have to pay $4800 to ship him over there in a way that I know will stress him out, rest assured having him on the plane with me will definitely be for my emotional support.

That said, I’m trying to get him there in a different way that I feel does not compromise my integrity.

Let’s be kind to one another even when we disagree.


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June 26, 2018 2:08 pm  

its disingenuous

I'd pay the $50 to get the dog certified as an emotional support dog and that would be that. Its not illegal in the DMV area to do so.


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islandjoan
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June 26, 2018 2:31 pm  

Damn bee! It's not fair to others to do that....as stxsailor said:

The fake support animals are making it harder on those that actually need them. airlines are changing rules because of all the fraudulent emotional support dogs.

I'd pay the $50 to get the dog certified as an emotional support dog and that would be that. Its not illegal in the DMV area to do so.


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SkysTheLimit
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June 26, 2018 6:44 pm  

I'd pay the $50 to get the dog certified as an emotional support dog and that would be that. Its not illegal in the DMV area to do so.

Great article on the subject.

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/10/20/pets-allowed

Alan
St. Croix resident since 2000


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kdberry
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June 27, 2018 12:42 am  

Yes. That is too much for me. I will try the service you suggested. Thank you.


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stxsailor
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June 27, 2018 12:12 pm  

kdberry
I hope you don't think people are jumping on you about the fake emotional support animal thing. It just needs to stop as it is not a matter of getting around $150 or sticking it to the airlines, It is actually hurting the disability community and as a result the airlines are making it harder due to all the fake emotional support animals. It is not emotional support to have your dog fly because you are worried about him or her, it is for a disorder not piece of mind. Too many times these fake support animals have bitten passengers. a supervisor for Delta was actually bit by one in STT. People will say "oh my dog wouldn't do that" but untrained dogs react different when exposed to airlines and airports and stressful situations. So it is a matter of safety for passengers, employees and the animal itself. When it comes to airlines it is all about safety for passengers and employees. I've seen a lot in my 35 years in the airline industry but this is by far one of the most touchy subjects.


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kdberry
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June 27, 2018 1:38 pm  

Thank you for that. I don’t feel people are jumping on me but the person who suggested I pay the $50. My hope is that we all can express our discontent without being mean.

If it were a matter of saving $150 there is no way I woud think even for a second of gaming the system. It’s actually several thousand dollars to get him down there and I just don’t know how I can afford it, which is why I was asking for help.


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stxsailor
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June 27, 2018 1:49 pm  

Check United Airlines "Pet Safe" program and Delta Air Lines "Pets First" programs, not baggage but cargo. For Delta you can get the pooch to SJU not sure if UA can do STT or not.


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kdberry
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June 27, 2018 2:57 pm  

They don't fly pets during the summer months.


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June 27, 2018 9:53 pm  

I second that it's too hot now to fly a pet cargo.


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June 28, 2018 12:43 am  

I was afraid I was pushing it to get Hershey back to FL with me when I left May 10th. Any later and we'd both been stuck because I'm not leaving her behind.

I would suggest contacting the STT Humane Society and Pets With Wings. They sometimes have private rescue groups flying in to transport animals out of VI so possibly you could get transport into STT on the empty flight in.

I would advise anyone that is moving to the VI with pets to plan a move if at all possible when your pets that must fly cargo are eligible to do so or make other arrangements for them unless you can afford to fly private.

There are all kinds of restrictions for transporting pets, whether it's temperature on tarmac on day of flight, breed, size, weight, kennel and carrier types plus proper veterinarian health certificate documentation not to mention the number of pets they allow on any given flight.

You cannot make a reservation for your pet. You better let the airlines know you shall be traveling with a pet, however, and make sure it's not on an AIRBUS aircraft on any leg of your flight, if cargo transport is required.
READ AIRLINE POLICIES!

Prepare your pet for being in a kennel, beforehand, by acclimating at home.

It's no longer recommended to sedate or tranqulize a pet prior to a flight especially if they've never taken that medication, previously.
If veterinarian recommended, give prior to flight to check for any hypersensitivity or allergic reactions.
You don't want to cause a problem for your beloved pet.

Hershey has flown 3 X's in cargo on AA between STT and Orlando and I've never medicated her.
(I've needed it but she's been fine.)

People have told me to get her service dog certified but I can't justify it tho it would certainly be a hell of a lot easier on both of us.

Airlines are cracking down because so many people misuse this policy.
It's really not fair to the ones that really require it.

All that being said, Good Luck getting your pup here.!


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kdberry
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June 28, 2018 1:42 am  

Thanks!


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RevFD
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June 28, 2018 1:55 am  

There is no way you will be able to fit a 90 lb dog in front of you in coach, so you'll end up paying $2,000-3,000 for a business/first class ticket anyway + plus $150 for your fake permit + $15 co-pay to some quack to listen to your lies + $60 for an ESA vest for your dog.

Moral of the thread - if you can't afford flying your pets in... don't come here.


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rosesisland
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June 28, 2018 8:44 am  

There is no way you will be able to fit a 90 lb dog in front of you in coach, so you'll end up paying $2,000-3,000 for a business/first class ticket anyway + plus $150 for your fake permit + $15 co-pay to some quack to listen to your lies + $60 for an ESA vest for your dog.

Moral of the thread - if you can't afford flying your pets in... don't come here.

Two to three thousand for a first class ticket to STX??? I have flown west of the Mississippi River many, many times over the years in 1st/Business and have never paid more than $1,300 for one of those tickets. Yes, flying west of the MS River is always more than flying from STX up the East coast. Flying back this past January, my cat wouldn't fit under my 2nd row seat because of a bar there, so I had the man in the seat next to me exchange seats with me.

That man was our Gov. Mapp and he was none too pleased giving up his window seat for my cat!


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kdberry
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June 28, 2018 12:13 pm  

Or you could provide useful suggestions to someone who is clearly seeking help to do it the right way. Thanks for your compassion.


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islandjoan
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June 28, 2018 12:30 pm  

WOW I'm amazed he did that for you!

Flying back this past January, my cat wouldn't fit under my 2nd row seat because of a bar there, so I had the man in the seat next to me exchange seats with me.

That man was our Gov. Mapp and he was none too pleased giving up his window seat for my cat!


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islandjoan
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June 28, 2018 12:31 pm  

Some people have been helpful.
I am glad you are trying to do it the right way, and I hope you find an economical solution!
It is always difficult getting large dogs here in the summer.

Or you could provide useful suggestions to someone who is clearly seeking help to do it the right way. Thanks for your compassion.


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